Southampton 'open' to letting 47-cap star leave St Mary's

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl points the way

Southampton winger Theo Walcott may have made his final St Mary’s appearance as Saints are ‘open to letting him go’, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.

The south coast club avoided relegation to the Championship by a five-point margin and, ahead of a potential summer rebuild, Walcott could be on his way through the exit door.

What’s the latest news involving Walcott?

According to The Sun, Southampton are keen to move Walcott on when the transfer window opens for business and the 33-year-old is eyeing a move to the United States.

The report suggests the 47-cap England international is interested in heading to Major League Soccer, with LA Galaxy, LAFC, New York Red Bulls or New York City FC being his favoured destinations.

It comes after it emerged that Southampton are ready to cash-in on Walcott, who is currently enjoying his second spell on the club’s books.

Saints are running out of time to secure a fee for the academy graduate as he will enter the final 12 months of his £72,000-per-week contract in a matter of weeks.

Walcott failed to register a single goal contribution throughout the 2021/22 campaign, although he has become a peripheral figure after only being handed 485 minutes of game-time by boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

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What has Tom Barclay said about Walcott?

Barclay understands Southampton are keen to find a buyer for Walcott before the upcoming transfer window slams shut.

The journalist believes, with the wide-man becoming a bit-part player at St Mary’s, he has no future at the club.

Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “Ralph’s talked very glowingly about how useful it is to have his experience and his professionalism around the group.

“But you can’t just have players where that’s all they bring and they don’t actually play. That was useful last season but, at this point, I think they would very much be open to letting him go.”

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Why are Southampton looking to offload Walcott?

With Walcott failing to nail down a regular starting berth at St Mary’s, having only been included in the first XI six times throughout the 2021/22 season, it is clear that he is not seen as a vital member of the squad by Hasenhuttl.

While he has been a goal threat in the past, emphasised by him finding the back of the net 127 times at club level, he has only scored on eight occasions in a Southampton shirt.

Therefore, with the investment of Sport Republic following their January takeover – along with Walcott’s contract situation – now could be the right time to part ways.

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